Terry Fox Run 5km Recap

15 Sep

Today was the Terry Fox Run. For those who do not know what it is, the Terry Fox Run is an event that is held every September in communities all across Canada and throughout the world.

Terry Fox, an iconic Canadian, developed bone cancer at the age of 18 and in 1977 had his leg amputated because of it. He decided he wanted to do something to fight this terrible disease and began his preparations to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called this journey the “Marathon of Hope.”

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Terry started on the far eastern side of Canada in Newfoundland and over the course of a year and half ran his way, a marathon a day, across Canada. Along the way, he began to gain support for his cause and money for cancer research.

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Unfortunately, Terry never did make it all the way across Canada and in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he passed away at the very young age of 22.

A nation was saddened with the loss of Terry but his legacy was just beginning…

Terry wanted Canadians to join him in this fight against cancer and so the annual Terry Fox Run was born and has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in cancer research.

Personally, I am proud to support this cause, and have been a proud runner in the Terry Fox Run since the age of 5. Today marks my 26th Terry Fox Run, and I still get emotional thinking of Terry Fox, the impact he has made on Canadians and the contribution his legacy has made to cancer research.

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The Terry Fox run connects Canadians from coast to coast, and running in it is truly something every Canadian should take part in.

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I participated today’s Terry Fox Run with my friend and her 4 year old daughter. It has become a new tradition for the past 3 or 4 years that I have run/walked/jogged the Terry Fox Run with her, and I hope we can continue to for many years to come.

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Terry Fox said, ““Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going without me” – as Canadians, we will continue for you Terry!

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M.

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2 Responses to “Terry Fox Run 5km Recap”

  1. Trails and Ultras September 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    What an amazing story- a great post

  2. Jesse - Questionably Texan September 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    I don’t really hear much about him now that I live in Texas, but I love that Terry Fox’s legacy is still alive.

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